Crowded Orbits

Conflict and Cooperation in Space

James Clay Moltz

Columbia University Press

Crowded Orbits

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Pub Date: April 2014

ISBN: 9780231159128

240 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $40.00£32.95

Pub Date: April 2014

ISBN: 9780231528177

240 Pages

Format: E-book

List Price: $39.99£32.95

Crowded Orbits

Conflict and Cooperation in Space

James Clay Moltz

Columbia University Press

Space has become increasingly crowded since the end of the Cold War, with new countries, companies, and even private citizens operating satellites and becoming spacefarers. This book offers general readers a valuable primer on space policy from an international perspective. It examines the competing themes of space competition and cooperation while providing readers with an understanding of the basics of space technology, diplomacy, commerce, science, and military applications.

The recent expansion of human space activity poses new challenges to existing treaties and other governance tools for space, increasing the likelihood of conflict over a diminishing pool of beneficial locations and resources close to Earth. Drawing on more than twenty years of experience in international space policy debates, James Clay Moltz examines possible avenues for cooperation among the growing pool of space actors, considering their shared interests in space traffic management, orbital debris control, division of the radio frequency spectrum, and the prevention of military conflict. Moltz concludes with policy recommendations for enhanced international collaboration in space situational awareness, scientific exploration, and restraining harmful military activities.
James Clay Moltz set out to provide a primer for nonspecialists on the importance of developing 'a peaceful and sustainable approach to space.' He has succeeded; Moltz's book is the best available general introduction to the past, present, and alternative futures in all areas of space activity. It is written in clear, nontechnical, and nonjargony language and sets forth in a balanced way the governance choices before us as humanity continues to develop the final frontier. John Logsdon, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, and founder of The George Washington University's Space Policy Institute
Moltz has written a concise, accessible, and very timely account of the history of space development, and the possible futures we could build for ourselves. Publishers Weekly
Be sure to read Crowded Orbits... Fascinating... Astroguyz
Preface
Introduction
1. Getting Into Orbit
2. The Politics of the Space Age
3. Civil Space: Science and Exploration
4. Commercial Space Developments
5. Military Space: Expanded Uses and New Risks
6. Space Diplomacy
7. Trends and Future Options
Notes
Index

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  • About the Author

    James Clay Moltz is a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School and holds a joint appointment in the Department of National Security Affairs and the Space Systems Academic Group. He is the author of The Politics of Space Security: Strategic Restraint and the Pursuit of National Interests and Asia's Space Race: National Motivations, Regional Rivalries, and International Risks. He has appeared on National Public Radio's "Science Friday" and has written on space topics for the Boston Globe, Nature, The New York Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle.